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Humanities English

Study with us - undergraduate

We offer degrees in English and Journalism & Creative Writing. Both principal subjects give you skills in reading, writing and analysis, which can help you build your career with an English degree.  

As an English student at Strathclyde, you'll enjoy the best of old and new: a grounding in the classics as well as an insight into new fields of literature. Students can graduate with a BA in English, or English and another subject.

Journalism & Creative Writing is studied as a joint degree with another subject. Studying at Strathclyde, you'll be taught by internationally-recognised writers, academics and experienced journalists.

Study with us - postgraduate

Our graduates include the Scottish novelist Andrew O’Hagan and former head of the Scottish Arts Council James Boyle.


Postgraduates in English Studies will be supervised by researchers with international reputations in a range of fields, from Renaissance studies to literary linguistics, diverse national literatures encompassing Scotland and Canada, as well as areas such as war studies and digital humanities.

Academic staff have worked with colleagues in other faculties and at universities in the UK and abroad, have published with leading presses and journals and undertaken major roles with funding bodies and policy-making organisations.



Our areas of research

We specialise in many different areas, including:

  • the work of canonical writers (such as Shakespeare and Conrad)
  • national literatures (in particular Scottish and Canadian)
  • social interest, such as representations of gender, or literature and natural resources

We work together with colleagues from other universities in the USA and Canada, Europe, and across the UK, on projects including:

  • the digital linguistic analysis of printed texts
  • middlebrow writing in the early 20th century

Find out more about our English research areas and our English academic staff and research teams.


Scotland's Stories by Word and Screen 


Our students have gone on to success in a wide range of careers. Distinguished graduates include: Guardian war correspondent Audrey Gillan; former BBC director and Scottish Cultural Commissioner James Boyle; screenwriter and creator of TV's River City Stephen Greenhorn; Booker prize-winning novelist James Kelman; Booker nominated writer Andrew O'Hagan; MSP and former culture minister Frank McAveety; TV dramatist and playwright Des Dillon; and journalist and critic Mark Brown.

We have a strong track record in helping students to success in teaching, business, public service, marketing and public relations and many other careers. You can find out more about English and careers  and  what you can do with and English degree  and at the university careers service.  

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